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Unifying ecological and social sciences into a management framework for wildlife-based tourism: a case study of feeding stingrays as a marine tourism attraction in the Cayman Islands
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Contributor(s):: Christina A.D. Semeniuk
As marine wildlife tourism attractions increase in popularity, the integration of natural and social sciences is required to ascertain and then assimilate strategies to effectively address the undesirable ecological and social conditions of the wildlife tourism setting. The overarching objective...
Human dolphin interactions on the west coast of Florida : documentation from MML's Marine Mammal Response Program.
Contributor(s):: Margaret A. Morgan, Geoffrey W. Patton
Use of Mote's role as a participant in the operation of the U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Network to document human and marine mammal interactions.
Science, policy, and the public discourse of shark "attacks": a proposal for reclassifying human-shark interactions.
Contributor(s):: Christopher Neff, Robert E. Hueter
There are few phrases in the Western world that evoke as much emotion or as powerful an image as the words “shark” and “attack.” However, not all “shark attacks” are created equal. Under current labels, listings of shark attack may even include instances where...
Orca Behavior and Subsequent Aggression Associated with Oceanarium Confinement
Contributor(s):: Robert Anderson, Robyn Waayers, Andrew Knight
Based on neuroanatomical indices such as brain size and encephalization quotient, orcas are among the most intelligent animals on Earth. They display a range of complex behaviors indicative of social intelligence, but these are difficult to study in the open ocean where protective laws may...
Is Dolphin-Watching Sustainable in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Contributor(s):: Ashley Sitar
Due to concerns of unsustainable dolphin watching tourism in Bocas del Toro, and the increase in dolphin mortality in Bocas due to dolphin watching boat collisions research was conducted in the summer of 2013, to evaluate the severity of the situation, and to assess the tourists and boat...
Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior towards Sharks and Shark Conservation
Contributor(s):: Jason O'Bryhim
Many species of shark are in danger of overexploitation and could possibly be facing extinction. Sharks have been around for over 400 million years but recent declines that threaten their existence can be traced back to the current consumptive uses brought on by humans. If...
Sociocultural aspects of attitudes toward marine animals: a focus group analysis
Contributor(s):: Unna Lassiter, Jennifer R. Wolch
In geographic research of the past decade, the understanding of nature-society relations has broadened to include ideas about our relationship with and attitudes toward animals. In this study, we explore the relationship between attitudes toward marine animals and...
Save the Sharks? How Negative Perceptions of Sharks Hinders Conservation
Contributor(s):: Stephanie Reifenberg
Sharks constitute the largest predatory fish in the ocean, with no natural marine predators of their own. Yet one visitor species to the ocean realm does significantly predate on sharks: humans. While the overexploitation of oceanic fish and marine mammals is widely recognized, the drastic...
Why sink a ship in Mexico?: Juan Pablo Ussel at TEDxTijuana
Contributor(s):: Juan Pablo Ussel
The ship Uribe 121, sunk last year on the beaches of Rosarito, has become an artificial reef that houses various animal species that have adopted it as their home, while also serving as a space for marine life research . However, a unique and innovative project like this in the State, implies...
Human exploitation may not be the cause for the declining size of Patella vulgata (Common limpet): A comparison between the Late Norse and the modern populations of Patella vulgata at Sandwick Bay, Unst, Shetland Islands, UK
Contributor(s):: Sarah Mae Brennan Silverberg
Zooarchaeological artefacts like shells are a source of information on the exploitation of prehisotric the rocky intertidal zone. In this study the size and density of Patella vulgata was used to investigate the exploitation of rocky intertidal resources during the Late Norse occupation...
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Reef Conservation UK Conference 2016
Selling Conservation? The Role of Volunteer Tourism in Supporting Marine Conservation in Southern Belize
Contributor(s):: Kathleen Georgia Brander
Volunteer tourism is a rapidly expanding sector advertised as an alternative to conventional tourism and as a way for tourists to contribute to conservation science. This thesis examines a volunteer tourism organization in southern Belize called ReefCI and investigates how multiple stakeholders...
Responses of Birds to Humans at a Coastal Barrier Beach: Napatree Point, Rhode Island
Contributor(s):: Thomas W. Mayo, Peter W.C. Paton, Peter August
Human activity is one of the most important factors affecting disturbance to birds that use coastal barrier beaches in southern New England. The barrier beach at Napatree Point, RI, provides important breeding habitat for several bird species, key stopover habitat for thousands of migrating...
Developing a Catalog of Socio-Sexual Behaviors of Beluga Whales ( Delphinapterus leucas ) in the Care of Humans
Contributor(s):: Heather M Hill, Sarah Dietrich, Deirdre Yeater, Mariyah McKinnon, Malin Miller, Steve Aibel, Al Dove
The repertoire of socio-sexual and sexual behaviors of cetaceans is relatively unknown. The purpose of the current study was to advance the existing knowledge of socio-sexual behavior of beluga whales through the development of a behavioral catalog that lists the full repertoire of sexual and...
Extinction Risk and Conservation of the World's Sharks and Rays
Contributor(s):: Nicholas K. Dulvy, Sarah L. Fowler, John A. Musick, Rachel D. Cavanagh, Peter M. Kyne, Lucy R. Harrison, John K. Carlson, Lindsay N.K. Davidson, Sonja V. Fordham, Malcolm P. Francis, Caroline M. Pollock, Colin A. Simpfendorfer, George H. Burgess, Kent E. Carpenter, Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert, Claudine Gibson, Michelle R. Heupel, Suzanne R. Livingstone, Jonnell C. Sanciangco, John D. Stevens, Sarah Valenti, William T. White
The rapid expansion of human activities threatens ocean-wide biodiversity. Numerous marine animal populations have declined, yet it remains unclear whether these trends are symptomatic of a chronic accumulation of global marine extinction risk. We present the first systematic analysis of threat...
Effects of Ocean Recreational Users on Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Santa Monica Bay, California
Contributor(s):: Amber D. Fandel, Maddalena Bearzi, Taylor C. Cook
Coastal bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have been observed in proximity to swimmers, kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders and surfers along near-shore corridors in the Santa Monica Bay, California. From 1997 to 2012, a total of 220 coastal boat-based focal follows of dolphin schools were...
Impacts of Human Disturbance on the Behavior of Sanderlings on the Georgia Coast
Contributor(s):: Amy Catherine Gray
Habitat loss has a serious impact on wildlife. However, even when humans do not destroy habitat, their activity can have negative impacts on behavior. The purpose of my study was (1) to test whether the presence of humans altered the behavior of Sanderlings (Calidris alba), (2) to quantify the...
Sea no evil: Sabrina Imbler at TEDxBrownU
Contributor(s):: Sabrina Imbler
Sabrina has a passion for fish and believes in taking care of them properly. She shares valuable information about fish, their lifestyle, her own experiences, and the magic of the sea in her talk on the underwater creatures. Sabrina is a sophomore at Brown University concentrating in English...
Confluence- The Turbulent Relationship of Man and Shark: Monty Halls at TEDxVilnius
Monty has seen the seas change during the course of his life, watching reefs that teemed with sharks and dazzled the senses with multicolored coral become lifeless and barren in the space of two decades. Sharks are a particular passion, and the talk speaks volumes about the wolf of the sea, a...
Individual and group behavioural reactions of small delphinids to remote biopsy sampling
Contributor(s):: Kiszka, J. J., Simon-Bouhet, B., Charlier, F., Pusineri, C., Ridoux, V.
Biopsy sampling is an effective technique for collecting cetacean skin and blubber samples for various biological studies. However, determining the impact of this research practice is important, as it may vary between sites, species and equipment used. We examined the short-term behavioural...